NASHVILLE, TN – June 25, 2020 – The Tennessee State Museum will reopen to the public beginning 10 a.m. July 1, welcoming visitors back to experience Tennessee history, art, and culture from the state’s natural history beginnings through the present day.
The museum has taken the Tennessee Pledge and is committed to protecting the customers that it serves. In preparation for its reopening, the museum is sharing the following important information, also made available on the museum’s website at www.TNMuseum.org.
The museum is conveniently located at the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street, adjacent to the Nashville Farmers’ Market at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Free parking is available in lot shared by the museum and the Farmers’ Market.
1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free.
Based on Metro Nashville Davidson County Phase 3 Reopening Guidelines, the museum will be able to welcome visitors at 75% of normal capacity.
FACE MASKS AND TEMPERATURE CHECKS ARE REQUIRED:
The Tennessee State Museum is housed in a State of Tennessee building which requires that all employees and guests receive a temperature check when entering the facility and wear a mask or similar face covering over their nose and mouth. Patrons will be permitted to wear their own face covering or be provided a disposable mask at the visitor desk. According to CDC guidelines, children under the age of 2 should not wear a face covering. Those not wearing a mask, or presenting with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees, will not be allowed to enter. Notice for entry requirements will be posted at the visitor entrances.
Staff will be maintaining the recommended six feet distance when interacting with museum visitors. Social distancing signs will be placed in the Grand Hall, gallery spaces and store and near elevators to assist in directing patrons to keep a safe distance from each other.
CHILDREN’S GALLERY CLOSED:
During this initial phase of the museum’s reopening, the Children’s Gallery will be closed to the public. We invite visitors looking to engage their children with kid-specific programming to visit www.TNMuseum.org/kids.
During this initial phase of the museum’s reopening, all interactive touchscreens throughout the museum will be disabled to further protect the visitor.
GUIDED TOURS AND EVENTS:
All Guided Tours, at both the museum and the State Capitol, and public events at the museum are currently postponed and will be evaluated again by Aug. 1. Please keep an eye on the events calendar at TNMuseum.org for updates on events. The Lunch with a Curator lectures, classes, and book club discussion online continue to be offered. You may also wish to sign up for the newsletter at TNMuseum.org or follow the museum on social media for updates.
RATIFIED! TENNESSEE WOMEN AND THE RIGHT TO VOTE COMING SOON:
The opening of “Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right Vote,” the museum’s temporary exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, has been delayed and will be announced soon. Please check TNMuseum.org soon for updates. Visit “Ratified! Statewide!,” an online component of the exhibition that surveys activity related to the women’s suffrage movement in every county in the state.
ALL CURRENT PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS OPEN:
All of the museum’s current permanent and temporary exhibitions will be open to visitors. These include the permanent exhibitions, “Tennessee Time Tunnel,” “Natural History,” “First Peoples,” “Forging a Nation,” “Civil War and Reconstruction,” “Change and Challenge” and “Tennessee Transforms.” The temporary exhibitions, “Early Expressions: Art in Tennessee Before 1900,” “In Search of the New: Art in Tennessee After 1900,” “Tennessee and The Great War: a Centennial Exhibition,” and “Why Do Museums Collect?” are also open.
While the functionality that enables visitors to refill their own personal water bottles at water foundations will be enabled, the water fountain functionality will not. Please remember to bring your own water or a refillable bottle.
IF VISITORS ARE SICK:
If you have a fever, are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to anyone else with symptoms within a two-week period prior to your visit, please do not visit the museum at this time. If you experience any symptoms within two weeks of your museum visit, please email email@example.com.
For questions about the visiting the museum, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-741-2692.
About Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum, on the corner of Rosa L Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, is home to 13,000 years of Tennessee art and history. Through six permanent exhibitions titled Natural History, First Peoples, Forging a Nation, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Change and Challenge and Tennessee Transforms, the museum takes visitors on a journey – through artifacts, films, interactive displays, events and educational programing – from the state’s geological beginnings to the present day. Additional temporary exhibitions explore significant periods and individuals in history, along with art and cultural movements. For more information on exhibitions, events, and digital programming, please visit www.tnmuseum.org.
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